The city of Hancock has been saving money for street improvements and it should soon get a better idea of how to spend it.

The city council approved hiring Widseth Smith and Nolting, the city’s consulting engineer, to do a study of the condition of the city’s streets for a five-year street plan. The city agreed to pay $5,000 for the study.

Engineer Jeff Kuhn said the plan will include which streets need an overlay, which need reconstruction and which streets need patching. The plan would also include cost estimates for each project.

“I think this will be a good road map for the community,” Kuhn said. The plan would literally include maps with priorities and types of projects listed in the city.

Council member Jeff Kisgen said the plan and map would be of use, especially since the city has earmarked money for street projects.

The plan can be used when the city sets an annual budget for street projects, Kuhn said.

“It’s a little better planning tool rather than doing (projects) as they come up,” Kuhn said.

The plan would include basic maps in an electronic form but the city could pay an additional fee to have geographic information system maps. GIS maps can provide a more 3D view of streets.

“Can we add that down the road?” city clerk Jodi Bedel asked.

Kuhn said that is an option along with adding a storm sewer evaluation.